March 26, 2018
Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – It has been said that the date that one is born and the date that one dies are not what really matters. Instead, it is the dash — that time in between and what you do with it — that matters.
Eleanor Webb has been a member of the Lancaster ISD family August 2006 – March 2018, and when the Lancaster ISD Superintendent of Schools had the opportunity to select the next leader for Lancaster High School (LHS), he considered her dash and the impact she has had on the students, families and staff that she has served.
“I am very proud to name Eleanor Webb as principal of Lancaster High School and I think she is the best choice for the students and staff,” he said, “She has a heart for students, is dedicated, honest, encouraging and serious about ensuring the success of our students.”
Prior to this appointment, Webb served as the principal for the district’s alternative campus, J.D. Hall STEM Learning Center since 2014 and was recently named as the interim principal of LHS this past January. After just a few months, Superintendent Granger knew that she would be his selection for the permanent role.
“I am proud of the work that she is doing and the campus is headed in the right direction,” he said.
When other district principals learned that Webb was selected for the position, they were happy for their colleague.
“Mrs. Webb is an individual whom people of all ages and from all walks of life gravitate towards. We admire her wisdom, selflessness and courage to take on any task set before her,” Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary Principal Dr. Marlon Waites said. “She is a phenomenal choice for the principal of LHS because of her ‘True Grit.’ She is an outstanding pillar of this community and our children need someone who is in their corner wholeheartedly.”
George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center principal Cosheda Hurd also thinks very highly of Webb.
“Mrs. Webb is a woman of great character, virtue and strength. The passion and love she has for students literally exudes from her every day,” she said. “I would entrust my child to attend any school that she leads because that is how much trust and respect I have for her leadership.”
Hurd said that Webb’s insight and compassion will come in handy at the high school.
“Most people feel that once a student reaches high school, they should ‘know everything’ about being responsible and making good choices. The reality is they do not [know everything] and still need structure. Mrs. Webb is that structure,” she said. “She not only teaches them about having good character, she demonstrates it every day. Her compassion and ability to get students to understand the why behind her actions is just what LHS needs.”
Webb is no stranger to LHS. Before serving as the principal at J.D. Hall, she served as a counselor at the high school for five years where she worked with administrators, staff, students, parents and the community to plan, implement and evaluate a developmental guidance and counseling program. Her experiences in working in that capacity made her a natural fit to lead the alternative campus once that position became available.
She led J.D. Hall for 3 ½ years and developed deep relationships and left quite an impression on her team.
Terry Tucker, staff member at J.D. Hall, said that Webb has strong, commanding leadership skills and prioritizes the needs of her staff, students and parents on and off campus.
“She has mentored me in so many ways with her take charge yet compassionate leadership that doesn’t run a school from behind a desk,” he said. “The reason that you want to work for her is because she is a good listener who makes you feel like you matter. Her leadership style creates a campus climate where the staff wants to contribute and make a difference.”
Although Tucker did not want to see her leave the alternative campus, he said that she is a good fit for LHS too.
“She works hard to create positive changes for campus staff, students and parents. With her proven classroom and counseling experience on the high school level, she is prepared to do what is best for the entire campus,” he said. “She is the ultimate problem solver who puts the needs of her campus before herself and leads by example. She allows other people to assist her and trusts their skill set.”
Gloria Williams has worked closely alongside Webb as her administrative assistant and she calls Webb “a phenomenal person.”
“She is very knowledgeable but does not claim to know it all. Mrs. Webb is the kind of person who can sit at the royal table in the morning and then roll up her sleeves and get down in the trenches with you in the afternoon,” she said. “She has the heart of a servant and she is committed to success. I think extremely highly of her and I am blessed to call her my friend.”
Williams said that Webb often goes above and beyond and that her influence knows no limits.
“I have seen her talk a student out of just not wanting to live anymore. I have seen her talk a student out of dropping out of school. I have seen her talk a parent out of giving up on her child,” she said. “I have seen her help a parent with her homework after going back to college. I have seen her counsel and encourage staff members to strive to go to the next level in their education. I have seen former students call and write Mrs. Webb thanking her for not giving up on them and giving them numerous chances after they completely messed up.”
Williams said that there are many reasons why Webb is the best fit for the job.
“She will go 100 plus miles with you for you to become successful,” she said. “She puts others needs before her own and won’t ask anything of you that she won’t do herself.”
As for the high school staff, many longtime team members were happy when they learned that Webb was returning—this time to lead the campus.
“I love Mrs. Webb. We have worked closely together when she was a counselor here. She is very encouraging and she has a heart of gold. I am thankful that she was chosen to come and take care of us,” LHS staff member Roshanda Bonner said. “Mrs. Webb is an awesome asset to the high school and the approach she is taking is one that I feel has never been done before. During her first conversation with us she said, ‘I am here to take care of you, I am going to love on you,’ because teachers tend to get left out of the equation when it comes to motivating and encouraging and that is a piece that has been missing from our puzzle.”
Webb thinks highly of the staff at the high school.
“I believe they possess the greatest academic minds in these United States,” she said. “They are a group of people full of dedication, tenacity, and compassion; and I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them.”
As far as her formal education, Webb is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Business Administration. At Prairie View A&M University, she received her Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Science in Education Administration.
She said that she is grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and community in her new capacity and that she intends to focus on student achievement, academically and socially.
“What a joy it would be to see the students of LHS become entrepreneurs, military officers, doctors, lawyers, judges, engineers, etc.,” she said. “I know that they are absolutely brilliant. Our students have built cars and airplanes, won state championships, and have been a recipient of full scholarships to the United States Military Academy at West Point. They are second to none.”